While You Are Sleeping
Renee Swope

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

Startled by silence, I sat up in bed so I could see the neon red lights that told me it was three in the morning, time to feed the baby. Andrew hadn’t made a sound. Was something wrong? Or could he be sleeping through the night? I wavered between panic and joy as I felt my way down the hall to the nursery and leaned over Andrew’s crib. I listened for the sweet sound of his breathing and carefully rested my hand on his tiny chest to feel the gentle rhythm of its rising and falling.

Moonlight slipped through the blinds helping me to see that he was perfectly fine. Most sane mothers would have gone back to bed. But not me, I stood there for a while watching my child sleep. The love and joy that I felt at that moment was almost overwhelming. How could I love someone so much? My heart longed just to be near this little guy who set my days in motion with his cries and smiles.

Andrew developed a routine of sleeping through the night soon after, yet I would listen for his cries hoping I would have a good excuse to check on him. While he was sleeping, I’d sneak into his room just because I wanted to be with him. Then I’d tiptoe into my older son Joshua’s room, and watch him slumber. As I looked at their faces, I’d dream of the little guys God was shaping them into. I’d whisper prayers for them to know Jesus in a personal way. I’d ask God to calm their fears, to fulfill their dreams, and to establish their steps to walk in His ways and not in the paths the world would pave for them.

There are still many nights that I sneak into to watch my children while they are sleeping, simply because I want to be with them. They aren’t doing anything to make me feel proud or happy. They may have even driven me to my wits’ end that day, but I enjoy them because they are mine. God feels the same way about you and me. He wants to be with us, even while we are sleeping!

God delights greatly in you my friend, and He is always there to quiet your heart with his love. He dances and sings over you and I bet He dreams of the woman He’s designed you to be while gently leading your heart to know Him more.

What a great reminder when nothing’s going right; when we feel like the whole world is against us and nobody understands what we’re going through. I hope the next time you have one of those days you’ll imagine the love of a parent watching their child sleeping and remember there’s a God who loves you even more than that!

Dear Lord, thank You for the reminder that You are always with me and that You love to watch over me, every minute of every day – even while I am sleeping! Help me to completely believe the truth about Your love towards me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Application Steps:
Be still and believe that God is watching over you at this moment. No matter what you have done or what has been done to you, God’s love reaches down to hold you in His embrace. Bow your head and tilt your heart to listen to Him whisper, “You are precious in my sight and I love you.” Now breathe in and breathe out the reality that He hears your cries, He knows your needs and He’s constantly by your side.

Do you ever imagine that God is watching over you, smiling and delighting in the fact that you are HIS child?

Would you like to begin a love relationship with Jesus today, accepting your secure position as God’s child? Click Do you know Him? to learn how.

If you could use more daily reminders of how much God loves you, read today’s power verses, write them on an index card or sticky note and carry them with you all day!

Power Verses:
Psalm 34:15, “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;” (NIV)

Psalm 139: 1-3, “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.” (NIV)

Psalm 33:18, “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.” (NIV)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I needed this today more desperately than I have ever known. This verse was given to me by a mentor 13 years ago and I feel the power of it even now.

Thank you!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thank God that he delights in me. Some tiems when I feel like I am falling short day after day, I forget that he is there watching me and wants to help me, that he loves me and is enthralled with me. He rejoices over me with singing.

Dear God,

Thankyou that you love me so deeply, thank you that I am yours and you love me more than I could ever imagine. Forgive me for waiting this morning, but I thank youf ro the opportunity to talkt o me daughter about praying. I so want my children to have close relationship with you to see you for who you are and to know you as a God who loves them, not as distant or inspecting. Thank you for my children, forgive me for ay harsh words or wrong thoughts that I may have had. Let me heart be pure in your sight. Help me focus today to get things accomplished. I love you and honor you for the God that you are in my likfe. Thank you for answered prayer and hearing my crys. I am reminded of your love for me. Help our vacaction to be one that our family can enjoy and grow closer together. Give us wisdom and guidance as we raise these babies you have given us. We want them to be men and women of God, who seek after you and have the favor of the lord on them. Give me strength to set boundaries and to put you first. Thank you for that recent witness to Tracy, for courage.

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